Barack Obama confirms that our long national nightmare will end in 939 days

OK, so, it was a given that he wasn’t going to be on the ballot in 2016, but President Barack Obama told a crowed yesterday in Minnesota that he wouldn’t seek a third term even if the Constitution didn’t prohibit it:

President Obama was asked Thursday if he would ever consider running for a third presidential term during a town-hall meeting Thursday in Minnesota.

But the president said even if the 22nd Amendment — which limits presidents to two terms — didn’t exist, he’d still be out of the running.

“Not only the Constitution bars it, but Michelle bars it — and you can’t change Michelle’s mind,” Obama quipped.

No one can be elected to more than two terms as a president, according to the 22nd Amendment. It also limits the number of years someone can serve in the office at 10, this assuming that someone (e.g. a vice president) enters the office to serve the remainder of a term. The amendment was ratified on February 27, 1951.

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) introduced a constitutional amendment to abolish presidential term limits, but it has no chance of even getting a hearing, let alone passage. The proposed amendment led to criticism from some conservatives who said that President Obama wanted to seek a third term. Serrano, however, has introduced the measure in each Congress since 1997.

So, it was already official that he wouldn’t run again, but President Obama reminded us yesterday that our long national nightmare is coming to an end. Unfortunately, it can’t get here fast enough.

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